Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 5:36 PM
Subject: IWPR Seeks Director of Research
[Please reply directly to IWPR, if interested in
this position. -Peter]
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) seeks an experienced social
science researcher with excellent management, program and business development,
and public presentation skills to strengthen and lead the strategic growth of
its policy research portfolio. Expertise in employment and labor markets,
poverty and inequality, or health economics desired.
IWPR is a Washington D.C.-based think-tank that conducts rigorous research and
disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public
dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. (See
www.iwpr.org for more information about IWPR’s mission and work.). Areas
of research include Employment, Education and Earnings, Poverty and Income
Security, Work and Family Issues, Democracy and Society, and Health and Safety.
The Director of Research’s primary responsibilities will be to:
- Ensure the strategic and effective conception,
design, development, implementation, and dissemination of high quality,
policy-relevant research that addresses the information needs of policy
makers, advocates, and the public.
- Manage and develop a small but highly skilled
research staff, currently including directly overseeing 5 Ph.D./MA-level
researchers, and several consultants, who in turn supervise research
assistants, research interns and fellows, and additional research
- Play a lead role in fundraising from private
foundations and government sources to meet research budget targets
(currently $1.9 million per year), in collaboration with the Institute’s
development department. This will involve meeting with potential
funders, developing new research, and leading and contributing to the
research grant proposal process.
- Develop and track the research department budget.
- Represent the organization to the public through
presentations and relations with the media.
- Spend a percentage of time directly involved in
funded research in their area of expertise.
- Serve on the organization’s management team and as
liaison to the research and program committee of the Board of Directors.
- Lead and convene the organization’s external Program
Advisory Committee to receive expert input on program direction.
Desired Skills, Qualifications, and Expertise:
- Ph.D. in economics, sociology, public policy or a
related discipline; rigorous training in quantitative and gender-related
social science research methods; at least five years of post-Ph.D. work
- A strong record of publication and presentation of
- Excellent staff management and supervision skills,
including at least five years of personnel management experience.
- Financial and budgeting acumen.
- An entrepreneurial orientation and evidence of
success raising funds for research.
- Outstanding program and management skills.
- Excellent capabilities in organizational
development, team-building, motivating staff, and creating a positive,
vision-driven work culture.
- High-level experience in an applied policy
environment, and deep expertise in several policy areas affecting women
- A passion for contributing to gender and
racial/ethnic equity, and to improving the well-being of low-income
- A love of the research process.
IWPR offers a competitive salary based on experience and a generous benefits
- vacation, sick, personal, and family leave;
- health, disability, dental, and prescription drug
- employer contribution to a 403-b retirement plan,
- Flexible Spending Account plan;
- transportation subsidy; and
- a flexible workplace.
The Director of Research will report to the Executive Director.
To apply: Send a cover letter, CV or resume, short writing sample, and contact
information for three references to:
Research Director Search Committee
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
1707 L Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
Or by e-mail: researchdirector@....
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer. People of color are encouraged to apply.
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